Golf: Pavit dedicates Macau win to late Thai king


Macau—Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert beat India’s Anirban Lahiri in a play-off Sunday at the Venetian Macao Open, dedicating his first Asian Tour victory to the late King Bhumibol. The 27-year-old Thai and Lahiri, the reigning Asian Tour number one, shot a seven-under-par 64 and 65 respectively in the final round to tie at 16-under-par 268 at the Macau Golf and Country Club. Pavit won in extra time with a birdie on the par five 18th hole when Lahiri, the 2014 champion here, found the water hazard with his second shot after a wayward drive en route to a bogey. He settled for the runner-up spot for a third time in four years. Pavit said the inspiration from the king, who died Thursday aged 88, had helped him and the other Thai players. “All the Thai players are very sad after hearing the news back home,” he said in comments supplied by the organisers. “The king is our inspiration this week, our life and this trophy is for the king. I dedicate this win to the king.”—AFP